Eye Care with Diabetes

Aug 24, 2017 | Healthy Living

Tips for maintaining healthy eyes and vision with diabetes

  • Aim to keep both your blood sugar levels and your blood pressure under control.
  • Complete a comprehensive eye exam with dilation by ophthalmologist or optometrist every 1-2 years or as advised by your eye professional. Blood sugar levels may need to be elevated for about 5 years to cause diabetic retinal disease.
  • Type 1 Diabetes: initial eye exam within 5 years after diagnosis.
  • Type 2 Diabetes: initial eye exam shortly after diagnosis.
  • Eat to stay healthy.
  • Avoid smoking tobacco.
  • Exercise (discuss with your doctor first).